Around Town Feb. 8

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Learn portrait photography at Longwood Gardens≥

Longwood Gardens is offering a photography course, Introduction to Portrait Photography. Learn the fundamentals of portrait photography by experimenting with lighting, posing, and beautiful botanical scenery. Then, work with fellow photography enthusiasts to make fun, impactful portraits in the Gardens — be ready to take portraits and have your portrait taken. Any camera is welcome, from smartphone to professional. This is a three-day course, Feb. 22, 24, and 29. The cost is $129. Go here for more information and to register.

Mt. Cuba Center is offering a workshop to help people design their own gardens. It’s Residential Landscape Design Workshop, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 16. Learn good garden design from a professional landscape designer, including how to analyze a site, draw a basic plan, and use design principles for laying out paths, planting beds, and other garden features. The cost is $165. To register and get more information, go here.

A fictional account of real events at the City Theatre Company.

A fictional presentation about Charles Dickens, Generous Fire, Charles Dickens in America, is coming to the City Theatre Company on Thursday, Feb. 22, and on Saturday, Feb. 24. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. For tickets, go here.

Robert Kodosky, who chairs the Department of History at West Chester University, where he teaches courses in American military and diplomatic history will be talking about swim clubs during a Zoom event put on by the Chester County History Center. He’ll be discussing the old Nile Swim Club in Yeadon. Yeadon was considered the black main Line in the late 1950s and the swim club grew out of that. The Zoom session, The Nile Swim Club of Yeadon, is scheduled for 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Admission is pay-as-you-wish. Go here for more information or to reserve a seat.

KACS's 13th annual Empty Bowls event is Friday, Feb. 23 at St. Michael Lutheran Church.

KACS, Kennett Area Community Service, will hold its 13th annual Empty Bowls event on Friday, Feb. 23 at St. Michael Lutheran Church. Choose between a lunch from noon to 2 p.m., and a dinner from 6-i8 p.m., or a take-out meal from 3-5 p.m. The Empty Bowls project is a collective effort to raise money and awareness of KACS's mission to end hunger and fee hope. Tickets are $ 35 and are available online at, by phone at 610-925-3556, or by emailing All proceeds benefit KACS.

United Way of Chester County is bringing back its Chester County Stronger Golf Classic event for the third consecutive year, on April 29, at Penn Oaks Golf Club. Participants will enjoy various hole contests, on-course refreshment stations, luncheon, cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and awards. All funds raised will be directed toward community programs and services addressing the critical issue of food insecurity. This will make a profound impact on an issue that affects many lives in our community. Event and registration information can be found at

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